Episode 279 of I’ll Drink to That has been released, and features Leo Alzinger, Jr. of Weingut Alzinger in Austria’s Wachau Valley.
This is an excellent interview to listen to if you think you have already heard it all about Grüner Veltliner, because I guarantee that there are some notes in the discussion that you won’t have heard before. “Master Class” is a term that we hesitate to use, but, you know, if the dirndl fits…
Also there are some takeaways on the differences between the Wachau and the nearby Kremstal, as well as a breakdown of how the terroir can differ within the Wachau. And if you have ever been curious about what vintage conditions might result in a great Riesling year as opposed to a great Grüner year, this is the interview for you.
All in all, Leo and his father run one of the best wine white producers in Austria and definitely folks should definitely hear what he has to say. There have been some shifts in technique at the winery in recent years, and they haven’t been much commented on until now.
This week’s show also features a Warm Up from Erin Scala on the history of the Wachau.
Listen to the stream above, or check it out in iTunes.
I’ll Drink to That is the world’s leading wine podcast, hosted by Levi Dalton. Levi has had a long career working as a sommelier in some of the most distinguished and acclaimed dining rooms in America. He has served wine to guests of Restaurant Daniel, Masa, and Alto, all in Manhattan. Levi has also contributed articles on wine themes to publications such as The Art of Eating, Wine & Spirits magazine, Bon Appetit online, and Eater NY. Check out his pictures on Instagram and follow him on Twitter: @levi_opens_wine